The famous British naturalist and documentary film-maker attended the British parliament’s business, energy and industrial strategy committee on 9 July, where he gave evidence, among other things, about the importance of the role to be taken by young people.
Conservative MP Patrick McLoughlin asked the scientist whether the British government’s new commitment of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is a sufficient undertaking, or whether a similar result ought to be achieved much sooner than that.
David Attenborough replied that the issue should be approached from a completely different angle:
He believes that the voters of tomorrow have the right attitude: he finds it highly encouraging that young people are not only aware of what’s at stake, they are also making their voices heard about the topic. Today’s societies are on the threshold of a momentous change in which young people will play the main role. The time may come when polluting the environment will be considered just as intolerable as slavery, for instance.
“I’m OK, and all of us here are OK, because we don’t face the problems that are coming.” Attenborough said, “But the problems in the next 30 years are really major problems that are going to cause social unrest, and great changes in the way that we live, and what we eat. It’s going to happen.”
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